36-year-old Desiree Deon Stollings of 8th Avenue N.E. in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 7:30 Saturday evening (November 11) on one felony count of habitual larceny.
She was arrested Saturday after Officers responded to a larceny call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. The suspect, Desiree Stollings, allegedly left the store after taking merchandise. She was found and taken into custody without incident.
Stollings was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 13) in Newton. She’ll also appear in court on December 8 on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.
Stollings has a number of previous convictions for larceny and shoplifting starting in 2003 in Caldwell, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Burke and Wilkes counties.
46-year-old Paul Edward Ikard of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon (November 12) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was arrested as Hickory Police were assisting Probation & Parole Officers. On Ikard’s person, Police found 1.3 grams of meth and six dosage units of 6 Oxycodone.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
35-year-old Brandy Nicole Earp of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:25 Friday night (November 10) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of misdemeanor larceny and failure to appear.
The failure to appear charge comes in connection to a shoplifting incident on August 6 at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. The motor vehicle theft warrant was issued last month in Wilkes County and the misdemeanor larceny charge comes from Buncombe County on a warrant issued earlier this month.
Earp was taken into custody without incident at an address on Highway 70 S.W. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,250 secured bond. She’ll appear in a Buncombe County courtroom on December 13, with a court date in Newton on January 9 and another in Wilkes County on January 31.
A road closure and water shut off are planned for a section of Morganton. Contractors plan to close a section of Collett Street and all of North Anderson Street in Morganton Tuesday (November 14) for work related to the water pipeline repairs in the area. The roads will be closed after 8:00 am and will reopen when work is complete. The road will be available for local traffic only, other drivers should seek an alternate route. The water shut-off will affect approximately 50 customers along Collett Street, North Anderson, Garden Place and Hawthorne Lane. Water will be turned off after 8:00 am until work is complete.
The Viewmont Business Association (VBA) will hold its Business Meeting at Bumblebee Interiors, 2945 N Center St on Wednesday, November 15.
All Viewmont area business owners and managers, whether VBA members or not, are invited to attend. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of networking, followed by a structured meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. The speaker for the evening will be Nathaniel Holmes from the Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center. He will speak on Social Media for Businesses.
The VBA promotes businesses in the Viewmont Community. All Viewmont Community businesses – restaurants, banks, churches, service providers, offices, retail stores and others – are eligible to join. VBA dues are $50 per year and applications will be accepted at the meeting. Contact Donna Price, VBA President, at email@example.com or (828) 431-2233 for more information.
The VBA is one of the recognized business associations in the City of Hickory.
53-year-old Timothy Jay Kotowski of Langdon Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault by pointing a gun, false imprisonment, assault on a female, and communicating threats. Kotowski was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (November 13) under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 10.
A fire this morning (November 13) at a Catawba County church is considered suspicious. At least eight fire departments from three counties responded to the fire early this morning. Firefighters were called to Providence Baptist Church on Providence Road in Vale, at approximately 2 a.m. When they arrived they found heavy flames and smoke coming from the church.
No injuries have been reported but investigators consider the fire suspicious after finding “anti-gay” vandalism behind the church. Authorities in Catawba County are investigating the fire. A prayer service will be held at the church tonight. WHKY's Fentress Fountain will have a conversation with the Pastor of the church on tonight's WHKY-TV News at 5:30 & 10:00.
27-year-old Jimmy Allen Nelson of Wheeling Mobile Home Park in Hudson was arrested Friday (November 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, Nelson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 13).
25-year-old Samuel Antonio Patterson of Warrior Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. In addition, Patterson is charged with assault on a female and six counts of failure to appear.
Following the arrest, Patterson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $175,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 28 and a Superior Court date is set for January 8.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's most wanted list.
34-year-old June Howard Gravely III is wanted on charges of felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. Gravely's last known address was 109 Jackie Lane in Union Grove.
31-year-old Buck Issac Lucas is wanted by authorities in Iredell County on charges of felony breaking and entering and larceny. The last known address for Lucas was 129 Saddle Road in Mooresville.
43-year-old Andrae Knox remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted for a charge of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. The last known address for Knox was 117 Desiree Drive in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at the Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office at 704-664-7500.
A dedication ceremony was held at Riverbend Park last Thursday (November 9) to commemorate the official opening of a new observation platform, which was constructed with the help of a $100,000 grant from Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund.
The ceremony featured remarks from Catawba County Commissioner Barbara Beatty, Duke Energy Community Relations Manager Robin Nicholson, Duke Energy Director of Public Safety and Recreation Strategy Services John Crutchfield, Catawba County Parks Advisory Committee Chair Paul Beatty, Jr., and Catawba County Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks.
The new, ADA-accessible platform extends out over Lookout Shoals Lake and provides views of the Catawba River and the Oxford Hydro Dam. Its concrete construction was designed to help stabilize the shoreline and withstand flood conditions unique to the Oxford Hydro Dam. The platform replaces Riverbend’s previous wooden observation deck, which was lost during the June 6, 2013 flood.
Due to its proximity to the Oxford Hydro Dam, the platform features educational kiosks with historical, statistical, and environmental facts about the dam, hydroelectric energy, and the dam’s role in both flood and drought control in Catawba County.
Located at 6700 Highway 16 North in Conover, Riverbend Park is the largest public passive recreation facility in the Catawba County area with 689 total acres and 5,200 feet of shoreline. Riverbend Park is known for trails that can accommodate hikers and mountain bikers, a two-acre fenced dog park, kayak and canoe access to the Catawba River, a three-quarter-acre pond for fishing, a 1,000-square foot meeting facility, exceptional bird watching, and a diverse natural habitat. On average, Riverbend Park serves more than 94,000 patrons a year and provides the only public access to upper Lookout Shoals Lake. For more information, visit http://www.catawbacountync.gov/Parks/Riverbend.asp.
36-year-old Jessica Pauline Bonifacius of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 10) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested when Officers on foot patrol in the parking lot at the Quail Run Condos on 21st Avenue N.W. saw a suspicious vehicle. In the vehicle, they found 0.7 grams methamphetamine, 17.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver, Jessica Bonifacius, was taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 a.m.
She was processed and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (November 13) in Newton.
The Newton Police Department is warning citizens about a phone scam in which scammers try to solicit money from senior citizens. Several calls have been reported in which the caller tells the recipient they have failed to show up to court for jury duty or failed to pay a fine, and that they must pay a specified amount of money or face jail time.
Law enforcement agencies never call people by phone to solicit money for fines. Any legitimate fine would be court ordered. Paperwork for such fines would be issued by a judge, and the paperwork would be delivered by a law enforcement officer. If you have any questions or receive a call you believe may be suspicious, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Newton Police Department 828-465-7430.
During the week of November 6, the Lincoln County Narcotics Officers charged ten people with various felony drug-related offenses. The charges were the result of several investigations into the sale, distribution and possession of methamphetamine, prescription medication and marijuana.
Detectives say undercover operations resulted in the seizure of various quantities of meth, Xanax, Adderall, marijuana and methadone. During one investigation, undercover Detectives purchased trafficking amounts of methadone on multiple occasions.
Officers say the investigations primarily took place in southern and western Lincoln County. More individuals will likely face charges for similar crimes in the coming few weeks.
Seven of the ten suspects charged thus far have been arrested.
42-year-old Stacey Loftin Duren of the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton was charged with 14 felony counts of trafficking heroin or opiates and two felony counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. She was arrested on November 8. Bond was set at $604,000, secured.
56-year-old Susan Elaine Fitzgerald of Lincolnton was arrested on November 8 and charged with two felony counts each of for the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, sale & delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was given a $27,500 secured bond.
41-year-old Crystal Gail Cooper of Palm Tree Drive in Vale was arrested on November 9 on one felony count each for the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, sale & delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Cooper’s bond was set at $30,000, secured.
23-year-old Brandon Lee Buchanan of Lawndale was charged with one count of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on November 7. Bond was set at $10,000, secured.
26-year-old Tait Richard Rogers of June Bug Road in Vale was arrested on November 10 and charged with two felony counts of trafficking heroin or opiates. She was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond.
16-year-old Dylan Thomas Doeppe of Highway 27 West in Vale was charged with two felony counts each for the sale & delivery of meth and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was released to the custody of a responsible adult.
21-year-old Jontavis Rayquan Duncan of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton was arrested on November 9 on one felony count each for the sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance. Duncan was given an unsecured bond of $7,500.
Three subjects are wanted and have yet to be located.
50-year-old Mickey Gene Mellon of Lawndale is wanted on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell & deliver meth and possession of a controlled substance in a jail or prison facility.
17-year-old Shane Emmanuael Cauthen of Lily Trail in Lincolnton faces one felony count each for the sale & delivery of a counterfeit substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a counterfeit substance and conspiracy to sell a schedule VI controlled substance.
29-year-old Zachary McRae of Lincolnton is wanted on one count of obtaining property by false pretense.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mellon, Cauthen or McRae should call Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
37-year-old Bradley Wayne McCraw of Gaffney, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday (November 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of carrying concealed weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.
McCraw was arrested following a traffic stop Thursday afternoon shortly after 5:00 in the 300 Block of U.S. Highway 321. Officers found 37.9 grams of meth, drug paraphernalia, and brass knuckles. He was taken into custody without incident.
Following the arrest, McCraw was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 13).
The Hickory International Council (HIC) is currently accepting applications for grants of up to $500 for community organizations that provide programs supportive of the goals, purposes, and projects of the HIC. Proposals for the grants should be received by January 31 and awardees will be identified by the end of February 2018.
The mission of the Hickory International Council is to act, among other things, to promote goodwill, mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect among citizens, internationally. These grants are not restricted to education, but to all community projects that promote the appreciation of the various international cultures represented in our community.
Grantees must provide a minimum of 50% of project support, either financially or via in kind donations, including significant volunteer effort. If volunteer effort is claimed to meet this requirement, the estimated amount of volunteer effort must be detailed in the grant application, as well as specific details as to how the applicant will use the grant monies and how the minimum 50% project support requirement will be met.
Some of the previous grant winners include the Boy Scouts of America International Camp Staff at Camp Bud Schiele, Southwest Elementary School’s multicultural event, Hickory High School’s foreign language program, Hickory Museum of Art’s refugee exhibit, and The Hickory Public Library’s international film series.
Grant applications, additional rules, and criteria are available on the HIC website at www.HickoryInternationalCouncil.com or by contacting Gretchen Oetting at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All branches of the Caldwell County Public Library will be closed today (November 10) through Monday (November 13). The closures today and Saturday (November 11) are in observance of Veteran’s Day. Monday's closure is for a staff development day. All branches will reopen for regular business on Tuesday, November 14. For more information, contact Caldwell County Public Information Officer LouAnne Kincaid at email@example.com or 828-759-7879.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed projects to make improvements to the I-40 interchanges at Jamestown Road (Exit 100), Drexel Road (Exit 107) and Carolina Street (Exit 111). The projects would make improvements which may include reconfiguring the interchanges.
The meeting will take place next Thursday, November 16 at Mt. Home Baptist Church, 2722 Mt. Home Road in Morganton from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the projects. NCDOT wants citizens to be aware that no formal presentation will be made. Citizens will also have the opportunity to submit comments and questions in writing by December 6, 2017. Comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops.
The public can view maps displaying the location and design of the project as they become available online at ttp://www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings. Anyone desiring additional information may contact Division 13 Project Development Engineer, Cole Hood, 55 Orange Street, Asheville, NC 28801, by phone (828) 251-6171 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be received no later than December 6.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Ms. Diane Wilson via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (919) 707-6073 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.
39-year-old Andrew Thomas Watts of Clarks Loop in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (November 7) by Burke County Narcotics Task Force Officers. He was charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine.
The arrest was made Tuesday at approximately 11:00 p.m. According to a news release from the Burke County Sheriff's Office, Watts was a passenger in a Honda Civic traveling on Jamestown Road. An officer with the Morganton Department of Public Safety initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled into the parking lot of the Colonel’s Pantry. During the stop, officers located approximately two ounces of methamphetamine in a plastic baggy inside Watts’ pocket.
Watts was arrested and transported to the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility. He was placed in jail under $75,000 secured bond. As of earlier today, Watts remained in jail. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday (November 8), his next District Court date is scheduled for November 29 in Morganton. The news release says Watts has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1999.
52-year-old Robert Alan Nichols of Playmore Beach Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (November 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver oxycodone and marijuana, and maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.
On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit and Detectives executed a search warrant at Nichols' residence, 3477 Playmore Beach Road in Lenoir. Nichols was arrested earlier this year and charged with the sale of marijuana. Agents have continued to investigate him, believing he may be continuing to sell marijuana.
The search warrant was issued after several undercover purchases of marijuana from the residence. Nichols was the only person home at the time the warrant was executed. Agents searched the residence and located approximately one-half pound of high grade marijuana and a prescription bottle containing twenty eight oxycodone pills. The street value of the drugs is approximately $5,200 according to North Carolina Drug State Guidelines. Agents additionally seized $2,130 cash, and assorted items of drug paraphernalia.
Nichols was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court in Lenoir is scheduled for next Monday (November 13).